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2008 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report—Price City


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We're very pleased to provide you with this year's Annual Water Quality Report. We want to keep you informed about the excellent water and services we have delivered to you over the past year. Our goal is and always has been, to provide to you a safe and dependable supply of drinking water.

The Price City water system has multiple sources of drinking water. Our Colton Springs are located 25 miles northwest of central Price. The spring water is a free-flowing underground source of water that is piped to the Price City water treatment plant where it is chlorinated. We have a seasonal water treatment plant which runs from April to October, located 12 miles north of Price in Price Canyon. The treatment plant has a complete water treatment process for the Price River water from Scofield Reservoir. Also, Price City has a water trade agreement with Price River Water Improvement District (PRWID). We are able to give them water in the winter and they can give us water in the summer. They have a water treatment plant in Price Canyon that has a full water treatment process for the Price River water. Another source of drinking water is the two Rocky Mountain Power wells located approximately 1 mile from the Colton Springs. This water is from the same aquifer as the springs, but is used on a limited or emergency use only.

Price City has a Drinking Water Source Protection Plan for the Colton Springs and a Surface Water Source Protection Plan for the Price River and Scofield Reservoir. These plans contain information about source protection zones, potential contamination sources, and management strategies to protect our drinking water. Our sources have a medium susceptibility to potential contamination, such as private septic tanks, lake recreation, highways, railroad and etc. The public can obtain access to the reports through Price City at the Public Works Complex. Please contact us at 637-5010, if you would like to review our source protection plans.

There are many connections to our water distribution system. When connections are properly installed and maintained, the concerns are very minimal. However, unapproved and improper piping changes or connections can adversely affect not only the availability, but also the quality of the water. A cross connection may let polluted water or even chemicals mingle into the water supply system when not properly protected. This not only compromises the water quality but can also affect your health. So, what can you do? Do not make or allow improper connections at your homes. Even that unprotected garden hose lying in the puddle next to the driveway is a cross connection. The unprotected lawn sprinkler system after you have fertilized or sprayed is also a cross connection. When the cross connection is allowed to exist at your home, it will affect you and your family first. If you'd like to learn more about helping to protect the quality of our water, call us for further information about ways you can help.

I'm pleased to report that our drinking water meets federal and state requirements.

If you have any questions about this report or concerning your water utility, please contact:

Price Municipal Corporation / Public Utilities Department

Public Works Complex 432 West 600 South Price, Utah

Contact Personnel:

Ron Brewer—Water Treatment Manager (435)472-5718 (plant office)

Sam White—Public Utilities Supervisor

Gary Sonntag—Public Works Director

Telephone: (435)637-5010, Fax: (435)637-5031, e-mail: ron@priceutah.net

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 893, Price, Utah 84501

We want our valued customers to be informed about their water utility. If you want to learn more, please attend any of our regularly council meetings. They are held at 5:30pm on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at Price City Hall / Council Chambers, 185 East Main Street, Price, Utah. For information contact: Laurie Tryon (435)637-3183.

Mayor: Joe Piccolo,

Council members:

Richard Tatton, Jeanne McEvoy, Kathy Hanna-Smith, Jeff Nielson and Rick Davis

Price Municipal Corporation routinely monitors for constituents in our drinking water in accordance with the Federal and Utah State laws. The following table shows the results of our monitoring for the period of January 1st to December 31st, 2008. All drinking water, including bottled drinking water, may be reasonably expected to contain at least small amounts of some constituents. It's important to remember that the presence of these constituents does not necessarily pose a health risk.

DEFINITIONS

To help you better understand the terms, we have provided the following information.

Non-Detects (ND) - laboratory analysis indicates that the constituent is not present.

ND/Low - High - For water systems that have multiple sources of water, the Utah Division of Drinking Water has given water systems the option of listing the test results of the constituents in one table, instead of multiple tables. To accomplish this, the lowest and highest values detected in the multiple sources are recorded in the same space in the report table. Examples: Price City testing results include Colton Springs and Price River water.

Parts per million (ppm) - In testing for the level of a contaminant in drinking water, the laboratory is testing for 1 part contaminant per 1 million parts of water.

Parts per billion (ppb) - In testing for the level of a contaminant in drinking water, the laboratory is testing for 1 part contaminant per 1 billion parts of water.

Parts per trillion (ppt) - In testing for the level of a contaminant in drinking water, the laboratory is testing for 1 part contaminant per 1 trillion parts of water.

Picocuries per liter (pCi/L) - picocuries per liter is a measure of the radioactivity in water.

Million Fibers per Liter (MFL) - million fibers per liter is a measure of the presence of asbestos fibers that are longer than 10 micrometers.

Nephelometric Turbidity Unit (NTU) - nephelometric turbidity unit is a measure of the clarity of water. Turbidity in excess of 5 NTU is just noticeable to the average person.

Action Level (AL) - the concentration of a contaminant, which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements, which a water system must follow.

Treatment Technique (TT) - A treatment technique is a required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water.

Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) - The highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCLs are set as close to the MCLGs as feasible using the best available Treatment technology.

Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG) - The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MCLGs allow for a margin of safety.

Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level (MRDL) - The highest level of a disinfectant allowed in drinking water. There is convincing evidence that addition of a disinfectant is necessary for control of microbial contaminants.

Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level Goal (MRDLG) - The level of a drinking water disinfectant below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MRDLGs do not reflect the benefits of the use of disinfectants to control microbial contaminants.

Sample Date - The data presented in the report are from the most recent testing required by state and federal regulations, not all sample dates are from 2008.

Multiple Sample Dates - When different sources of drinking water need the same testing requirements; multiple test dates will be entered. Examples: Price City testing dates include Price River water and Colton Springs water.

Waivers (W) - A variance or exemption from meeting an MCL, or current treatment technique, or current testing requirements under certain conditions regulated by state and federal regulations.

Water additive used to control microbes "We periodically monitor for Nitrate in the water supply to meet all regulatory requirements. In 2008 we failed to take the required sample. Testing for Nitrate is used to ensure that the public is provided with safe drinking water. This violation does not necessarily pose a health risk. We have reviewed why we failed to take the required sample and will take steps to ensure that it will not happen again." (We took both of our Nitrate samples on March of 2009 and the results were ND and .3 ppm. This is well beyond the federal and state requirements)

This report is designed to inform the public about the quality of water that Price City delivers every day. With rules and regulations becoming more complicated, it can be hard to understand the results and at what level contaminants are harmful. The Price City utilities department is aware of the need to provide the customer with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water. A sampling program monitors this high level of water quality continuously. Our primary objective is to provide customer satisfaction and service to the citizens of Price.

Cryptosporidium:

We constantly monitor the water supply for various constituents. We have not detected cryptosporidium in the drinking water but have detected cryptosporidium in the Price River. We detected this constituent in every untreated river sample tested. We believe it is important for you to know that cryptosporidium may cause serious illness in immuno-compromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS other immune system disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk from infections. These people should seek advice from their health care providers. EPA/CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by cryptosporidium and other microbiological contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).

All sources of drinking water are subject to potential contamination by constituents that are naturally occurring or are man made. Those constituents can be microbes, organic or inorganic chemicals, or radioactive materials. All drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that the water poses a health risk. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the Environmental Protection Agency's Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.

MCL's are set at very stringent levels. To understand the possible health effects described for many regulated constituents, a person would have to drink 2 liters of water every day at the MCL level for a lifetime to have a one-in-a-million chance of having the described health effect.

Thank You for allowing us to continue providing your family with clean, quality water this year. In our continuing efforts to maintain a safe and dependable water supply it may be necessary to make improvements that will benefit all of our customers. These improvements are sometimes reflected as rate structure adjustments. Thank you for understanding.

For additional information or questions please call, Ron Brewer—Price City Water Treatment Manager--Price Canyon Water Treatment Plant—(435) 472-5718

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